The Marakwet Education project aims to improve the transition from primary to secondary and secondary to higher education with the ultimate aim of enhancing citizenship and improving livelihoods. Over the past few years the SHM Foundation has provided scholarships for over 25 students so that they can study a range of qualifications from Business Management, Public Policy and Admin to Community Development and Social work.
We have seen some very positive outcomes for those students that have received support from the Marakwet project both for the individual but also for their families and their communities.
‘It has enabled me to feel that I have a future by becoming self-independent as I hope to be able to get a job when I graduate and to become financially independent’ (a beneficiary of the project).
‘I want to get a good job so I can start my own company and have good future so I
can help those in need. In my village and other communities, many children face financial problems which prevent them from going to school. I want to help them so that they can have a bright future and I hope to employ some of them in my future company so we can improve living standards in our village’ (a beneficiary of the project).
‘I’m so happy that the SHM Foundation works in the region where I was brought up. It was thanks to the SHM Foundation that I was able to study at the university, without having to worry about paying my fees. I was lucky to be one of the students supported by the Foundation. I graduated from Moi University, School of Arts and Social Sciences, with a degree in Sociology. Currently, I am volunteering at Kenya Red Cross Eldoret Branch- Northrift region. I am hoping that in the future I will be able to support the less fortunate ones in my region and help them just the way you helped me. I wish to help other people get a bright future. I have a lot of gratitude for all you’ve done for me and my heart is very thankful. Thank you for all the good work you’re doing.’ – Judith Jeruto Suter
This year we will be looking to run an alumni event with all of the beneficiaries of the project
so far so that we can discuss lessons learnt for the project and discuss what more could be done to improve their livelihoods and the livelihoods in their communities.